The Westchester Community Foundation uses grantmaking to invest in high-performing organizations with transformative ideas that improve lives and strengthen our community.



Our approach:

  •  We invest in programs and projects that tackle pressing needs our communities face.

  • We prioritize collaborations and thoughtful partnerships that foster shared learning and action.

  • We look for best practices and emerging ideas that lead to innovative approaches to solving problems. 

  • We regard our grantmaking as an investment in the social good of our community. We work with our grantees to improve performance through ongoing assessment.

Who we fund

The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations operating or proposing to operate programs for the benefit of Westchester residents and communities.

Agencies with a pending 501(c)(3) application must use an approved organization as a fiscal agent. 


Where appropriate, we will fund local government entities, including school districts.

All agencies must be vetted and approved prior to receiving a grant. We look for good governance practices and organizations with a strong financial position.


THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT make grants from its competitive grants program to:

  • individuals 

  • endowment campaigns 

  • capital campaigns 

  • equipment purchases that are not intrinsic to the proposed project

  • routine operating expenses 

  • deficit financing

  • medical research 

  • religious activities 

  • events

Share Your Story

Our grants have touched hundreds of lives all over Westchester. Please share your story.

Note: The Foundation's grant cycles have closed for 2021.


Foundation's grant cycles for 2022